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Recommended Reads February 2019

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The Haven

Author: Simon Lelic
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Published Date: 7th February 2019
RRP: £7.99

Ollie Turner isn’t sure he’s ready to be a hero...

Snatched from his bed in the middle of the night, Ollie is thrust into a world of danger and excitement.

Below the streets of London he discovers a secret city: a network of tunnels that lead him to the Haven, a sanctuary for kids run by kids, and the headquarters of an organisation that fights for justice everywhere.

Soon Ollie is caught up in the Haven’s battle: a quest to stop ‘Mad Maddy’ Sikes from destroying the city. But time is running out for Ollie and his new friends. Will they manage to stop Sikes before it is too late? And who is the traitor in their midst?

The Crash

Author: Lisa Drakeford
Publisher: Chicken House
Published Date: 9th January 2019
RRP: £7.99

Best friends Sophie and Tye are watching TV when a car crashes through the living room wall. The driver and passenger are twins, Harry and Gemma. Next door neighbour, eleven-year-old Issy, witnesses the accident. In the aftermath, Tye is thrown into a coma, Gemma’s dark past begins to haunt the present, and Sophie starts to fall for Harry – but how can she, when he was the driver who nearly killed her best friend? And Issy, meanwhile, hides a terrible secret …

Fire & Heist

Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published Date: 4th December 2018
RRP: £14

In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone – even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern – a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society- a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.